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Issued at 1/09/2016 6:02am. Valid till 2/09/2016 6pm

Queenstown

Mountain
Current avalanche advisory
High Alpine

Above 2000 meters

Alpine

1000 to 2000 meters

Sub Alpine

Below 1000 meters

Avalanche Danger Scale
Avalanche Danger Scale
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Primary Avalanche Danger

Dangerous Aspects
high
Danger Rose
1
Highest Danger Rating
Likelihood
indicator
gauge
Certain
Likely
Unlikely
Size
indicator
gauge
Largest
Small
Trend
indicator
gauge
Increasing
No change
Decreasing
Time of day
clock
Time of day
11am - 4pm
Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
Be cautious of loose wet snow from mid elevations on most aspects. If you sense the snowpack becoming isothermic (rotten) head to higher elevations. Don't get yourself into a confined gully system or into steep terrain at lower elevations. Remember that these same slopes will be firm during the morning, my guess is these slopes may be slow to soften today. A melt/freeze cycle is in full swing, timing will be the key to skiing/riding supportive snow. Be cautious of climax avalanches to ground where pockets of creep and glide are becoming active, stay clear of these areas. If rain arrives early, head home !

Recent Avalanche Activity

Recent Avalanche Activity
Wet slide activity and climax avalanches from creep & glide releasing at ground have been reported, most still relatively small events. Rain on the snowpack may change this over the next 24 hrs.

Current Snowpack Conditions

Current Snowpack Conditions
The snowpack is a real mixed bag at present, you may encounter several types of snow conditions in a single ski run. Winter powder, breakable crust, ice and soft spring corn is a common mix at present. Concerns going forward is rain on the snowpack and the increase in wet slide activity at lower elevations, also glide cracks becoming active and releasing at ground. Staying clear of terrain traps and steep slopes at lower elevations will be a good idea. Shady aspects are still holding winter snow conditions above mid elevations, below this the snowpack is continuing the melt/freeze cycle.

Mountain Weather

Mountain Weather
It's going to be a warm spring day, unfortunately very overcast. Rain in the W ranges this evening, perhaps a light spill over around town. Gale force NW winds will top over 100 kph later today. The freezing level again high at around 1900 m. Snow showers tomorrow.


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Forecast by Chris Cochrane

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